My friend Alina Simone is releasing both a new album AND a book in June and asked me if I would be interested in providing baked goods as refreshments for her release event at Word bookstore on Wednesday, June 8. There was just one catch; she wanted Doukhobor baked goods.
You can read all about the Doukhobors here. They’re basically a group of people of Russian descent who now mostly live in Canada, whose ancestors left the Russian empire way back in the late 1800′s due to religious differences. That’s the super-duper Reader’s Digest condensed version of the story.
Anyway, a chapter of Alina’s new book “You Must Go and Win” concerns the Doukhobors and during the research process, she bought a Doukhobor cookbook in Canada. Alina thought it would be a lot of fun to feature some of those items at her book release event and sent several scanned pages to me.
As I plan to bake the night before the event, I needed to select some items that would hold up overnight. I ended up going with the mini tart pastries (which will most likely be filled with apple and/or sour cherry) and orange cookies.
This free event is sponsored by Largehearted Boy and will feature both Alina and musician/author John Wesley Harding reading and performing music. Come on down, get some culture and try some of the baked goods! You can RSVP here on Facebook and I look forward to meeting you!